A house for the poor

2017-05-02 06:01
Candice Leigh King and her mom will help build a house for a family from Molweni.Photo: Supplied

Candice Leigh King and her mom will help build a house for a family from Molweni.Photo: Supplied

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EVER since she was a child, Upper Highway’s Candice Leigh King wanted to break the cycle of poverty.

She never saw the poor and homeless as a statistic, instead, she saw people who she could help and make a difference in their lives.

Today, King (24) heads A House for the Poor project and aims to raise funds to provide shelter to those in need.

She said that the housing project started when she and her mother took a drive to Molweni.

“I came across a family of nine that lives in a two-roomed tin house that has no flooring, kitchen, bathroom or toilet.

“The roof is not attached to the walls, causing extreme flooding when it rains. Water streams in from beneath the walls too,” said King.

“This broke my heart and I wanted to do something to help this family.”

King’s aim is to raise enough money to buy the family a four-roomed wooden house that will keep them warm and dry during winter.

“I’d like to raise at least $2 631 (R35 000). It’s not enough to include a bathroom and toilet, but it’s enough to provide the family with shelter.

“The reason the online project reflects dollars is because the dollar is an international currency and I haven’t wanted to exclude anyone from getting involved. Funds can be collected in any currency and they will be automatically converted into rands,” said King.

When asked why she got involved with such a project, King said: “I got involved with this project because I see the poor and I stop for them. If one person stops for the one in front of them, Africa will change.

“My favourite part about this whole project is that I get to empower people and change one life at a time.”

The community can contribute financially to this initiative through https://gogetfunding.
com/a-house-for-the-poor/ and builders can contact King at 082 465 0582 if they would like to be involved.

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